The left is after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady once again, this time for daring to post a poem from celebrated Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling.
After becoming the most-winning quarterback in Super Bowl history, with five Super Bowl rings, Brady posted the Kipling poem If to his social media account.
Kipling’s poem has often been cited a one of the best poems in the English language and famously starts with a line many know even if they’ve never heard of the poem: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”
“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
The poem has long been a touchstone for self-confidence and humility, Heatstreet.com noted. The site also points out that the poem has served as inspiration in a variety of venues, saying, “The poem has been featured in Apocalypse Now, adapted into a song by Joni Mitchell, read out on the BBC to conclude their 1998 World Cup soccer coverage, and used by the Boston Red Sox for a video tribute last year to retiring player David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz.”
But, despite the upbeat message of the poem, leftists now attack Brady for posting the famed verse, calling it and its author “racist.”
Once considered one of the most brilliant writers in English, Kipling, who died in 1936, has recently come under fire by liberals and social justice warriors for being an imperialist, a white supremacist, and racist for his writings about the Indian subcontinent from a British perspective.
A recent piece by the vulgar writers at the Gawker website typifies the hate modern leftists have showered upon Kipling with a 2016 piece entitled, “Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist Fuck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage.”
With that in mind, a list of leftists attacked Brady for daring to post the poem to his Instagram account calling Brady a racist for doing so.
Considering all the vitriol over Brady's friendship w/ Trump, mayyybe Rudyard Kipling ("The White Man's Burden) not the best poet to quote. pic.twitter.com/qECefrU6YZ
— Daniel Roberts (@readDanwrite) February 9, 2017
Tom Brady quoting a Rudyard Kipling poem on Facebook after repeatedly being called a white supremacist is…not great.
— me gutpunched (@ass_dad) February 9, 2017
Do you think Tom Brady realizes the irony of quoting a Kipling poem to celebrate a super bowl win? Especially without even crediting RK.
— Will (@williamstreit) February 9, 2017
A #SuperBowl poem:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Tom Brady sucks
When you smash him in the mouth
— Deplorable11 (@Antagonizer11) February 6, 2017
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